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I'm curious if you guys know of any additional tools or utilities that can be used to manage the compliance of objects within Active Directory.  Presently, we are using an ADMS solution that does a lot of this, but would like to know if there are any other types of utilities that we could use that might compliment it.  Anything cool you know of or helpful suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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If you are looking into forensic perspective, try Quest Active Server roles. Its costly but still, will give a detailed logging. Who did what change on which object on which attribute from which computer..

Good luck
Shaba
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In addition to the Quest product, NetIQ makes DRA which is decent.  Script logic also makes some nice tools  http://www.scriptlogic.com/products/activeadmin/

Test any of these out first, not cheap.

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Mike
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Script logic is now owned by Quest, I would imagine they'd go the same route they did with NetPro - merge technologies, kill off the product line/re-brand everything. Active Roles Server and Active Roles for Exchange is perhaps one of the best suites out there for everything related - you can manage multiple forests, domains, set workflow, set policies (outside or on top of GPO), see "trustee" sort of list or see what resources user has access to... and best of all - you can provision/deprovision in multiple environments. Throw in a capability to do thorough reporting for every action plus a capability to do full-blown RBAC and you got yourself a pretty sweet package that is significantly more user friendly than ForeFront IDM/ILM/MIIS
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Just curious what you guys think about this software?  Would it be worthwhile?  Presently, I'm using NETIQ DRA but looking for additional complimenting tools or utilities.   http://www.gfi.com/eventsmanager/esmforensics.htm
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gfi is a good one that is well known (haven't used it myself).  TNT is also worth checking out

http://www.tntsoftware.com/eventlogproducts/eventlogmonitoring/eventlogmonitor.aspx

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Mike
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Good stuff, thank you!
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